Poppit Car Park Enhancement


Level access car park to beach. Level boardwalk and seating area at top of beach.  Accessible public toilet facilities.

Cafe facilities adjacent to car park serving food and drinks, ice creams and beach accessories.

RNLI station and shop.

Access to the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Delivery Partner

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority


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Poppit Sands is a large sandy beach at the mouth of the River Teifi, backed by superb natural surroundings and looks across to stunning views of Cardigan Island. 

Poppit is the most northerly beach within the National Park and because it's close to Cardigan it attracts many visitors during seasonal months. It is the only large sandy beach for miles around and is a popular destination for horse riding, kite sports, boat launching and sea fishing. The beach is surrounded by dunes which have been conserved by the work of National Park volunteers; the eastern side of the sand dunes have eroded and formed sand cliffs which can reach over 4 meters tall.

The Green Sea project plans on upgrading the beach's existing car park through improving the surfacing, drainage and landscaping to bring the facility up to the standard expected of this Blue Flag beach.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts just down the road at St Dogmaels, though many walkers pick up the path at Poppit, which is regularly serviced by bus from Cardigan and the Poppit Rocket bus service. The area is protected because of its superb wildlife, including bottlenose dolphins, which you might spot from the shore when the tide is right.

There is a seasonal dog restriction in force during the summer months with dogs allowed on the estuary side of the beach. 

For more information about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Coast Path National Trail go to www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk 


6 of the Best

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take a walk...

Take a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path – 186 miles of spectacular coastal walking, which now comprises part of the All Wales Coastal Path. Poppit actually boasts the start of the trail! So get your walking boots on ... If you’re doing a linear walk why not check out the Poppit Rocket bus shuttle service to take you back to your starting point covering Newport,Cardigan and Fishguard The Poppit Rocket follows the coastline between Fishguard and Cardigan, stopping at Pwllgwaelod, Dinas Cross, Newport, Moylegrove, Poppit Sands, and St Dogmaels.


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Get adventurous...

Poppit Sands is becoming a very popular beach within the adventure sports groups and you will frequently find people having paragliding lessons, land boarding and power kiting at the beach. Find out more about local operators. Power Kiting is a rapidly growing sport. Whether its buggying, land boarding, kite boarding or just power kiting, Poppit Sands Beach is a perfect location. With almost 1/2 a mile of beach to play with it means there is room for everyone. The high tide line due to the beach being at the mouth of the River Teifi means there is lots of hard sand for buggiers and boarders.


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Go fly...

When on the beach, go fly, go fly a kite! Whatever age kite flying is great fun for all the family


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Rock pooling.

At the north-western end of the beach there are rock pools which support a myriad of sea-life.


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Dolphin spotting

Cardigan Bay is a fantastic place to dolphin spot. Cardigan Bay is home to one of only two resident groups of Bottlenose Dolphins in the UK. Estimates to the number of Dolphins in the Bay vary but a figure of 127 is often quoted. Poppit is also occasionally visited by seals and porpoises in summer.


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Food and Drink

Cardigan and St Dogmaels' web site gives lots of information about the beach at Poppit, and the cafes and pubs in the nearby area, all serving delicious local fayre. Life’s not complete without a welsh cake when in Wales!


What's Here?

Area Objective

Poppit Sands Car Park Improvement Scheme

Grant funding through the Green Seas Beach Improvement Programme which forms part of Visit Wales Environment for Growth(EG4) Coastal Tourism Project will fund:

Car park improvements including surfacing, signage and access.  Improved bus accessibility and pedestrian stop.

New interpretation and seating area to highlight start/end of Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Improved access and transition to cafe facilities.

Car Park Improvements Well Underway

Car Park Improvements Well Underway

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